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Gear Talk / Re: Bottle Cage Allen screw Size
« on: December 09, 2020, 01:07:01 pm »
Thanks John,  Good idea!

Gear Talk / Bottle Cage Allen screw Size
« on: December 09, 2020, 12:48:09 pm »
Just came home with the new bike y'day eve. 
First thing before riding is to install the saddle, pedals and bottle mounts but the allen screws do not fit into the frame of the new 520.  All my previous bicycles had the same size bolt so I thought I'd head over to the local hardware store for some metric allen screws.  Does anyone know what size I might need?

Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Tara Lowrider Front Rack Technical Question
« on: August 31, 2020, 12:52:17 pm »
 that’s was my guess but in the back of my mind I thought I remembered discussions of difficulty with certain racks and disc brakes. 

Gear Talk / Tubus Tara Lowrider Front Rack Mounting Question
« on: August 30, 2020, 06:22:15 pm »
My REI touring bike is a full size to large and probably a bit dangerous to dismount safely as I get older. I rationalized buying it and toured with it because my budget was small and I was able to buy it used for amazing price. It came with a generic rear rack and I put a put a Tubus Tara Lowrider on the front.

The time has come and I’m ready to sell my over sized bike for whatever it’s worth and get a new properly fitted bike, and am planning on ordering the new funky green Surly Disc Trucker.

My question is this: can I keep the Tubus Tara and mount it on the new Surly with disc brakes or should I just add a few dollars to the selling price and sell it along with the old bike?

Gear Talk / Re: A must item
« on: August 30, 2020, 05:57:54 pm »

General Discussion / Re: How to become a bike guide
« on: August 05, 2020, 03:46:30 pm »
Welcome for  first time on the forum.  We have many knowledgeable touring experts and fans here so you may get some good advice.

It might be helpful however if you could tell us about yourself.  Where and how long have you toured. What kind of tours have you been on and led.  I guessing from gist of the brief question that maybe you have led a family group or group of friends but that’s just a guess. Maybe a brief bio of yourself and what country you are in - and experience will give us a starting place to respond to.  Good question and good touring!

Thanks SSM,

Good to know.  I still haven't made a final decision.  Leaning one way one day and the other way the next day.  I appreciate the info.

Yes, I would love to hear as well. We don’t often get to hear the results of tours that are deliberated And discussed here in the forums.

California / Re: bike on Amtrak - California Zephyr
« on: July 31, 2020, 06:52:24 pm »
A cardboard box with nylon straps to make carrying easier.
Then save the nylon straps for camping / tie-down use.
I like that idea, I decided against the box idea last time I flew home because when traveling through the airport and security with all my panniers and stuff inside I needed to be able to carry it on my shoulder, and carry my handlebar bag on my other shoulder.  A strapped box might just work tho.  Loading onto the train, I guess you could carry the box on the bike as you walked it into the train station - so might work...

I did. I also saw a news article about huge numbers of RVers out this year. I guess they have nothing better to do during this pandemic so they are heading out. I can’t say I blame them. It’s probably a fairly safe activity For retired folks to travel self contained and all.

So today I am leaning on the side of not going north.   :'(

California / Re: bike on Amtrak - California Zephyr
« on: July 27, 2020, 02:02:04 pm »
Thanks for your message.  I'd also been anxious about how to carry all my stuff, and your duffel bag idea is perfect. I'll see if I can score a free one on Craigslist.

I bought mine at Walmart for $16?? its been a couple years now - but free is better

California / Re: bike on Amtrak - California Zephyr
« on: July 27, 2020, 01:52:53 pm »
I have experience bringing a touring bike on the California Zephyr, but not with oversize tires.  I can only echo the station attendant, and say, it sounds unlikely but I wouldn't like to say it will be fine...   With mine, I took all my bags off the bike and carried them on the train in an extra large duffle bag.  Then handed off my bike to the attendant to put in the baggage car.   When I arrived at my destination I put my bags back on the bike and asked the attendant if he could use the duffle bag and I left it with him.

yes, I realize the rental car thing is not a huge problem. I was just enjoying the conversation regarding getting there.
The biggest concern for me is keeping safe as I can reasonably, and not being stuck without a place to camp the whole way down.

Regarding getting sick, I did ask my doctors opinion and he said go for it.  My wife is director of public health nursing in our county and we have discussed it quite a bit.  She is very cautious about what we all do as she is working all day, every day, with people who are sick often because they didn't strictly follow the public health guidelines.

I'm hope I don't sound like I'm  trying to convince you I should go that wasn't my reason for posting but here is my answer to your question about getting sick in Bandon.

It wouldn't be a disastrous problem getting home if I were to get sick.    My wife is a day's drive by car to anywhere I will be on my trip except for the most northern part of Oregon coast on first few days from Astoria but my son lives in Southern Washington.  So he would be a few hours drive of me in my first week of travel. He says "go, being outdoors is the safest place you can be." Also I have a daughter in N. Calif who has a car with a bike rack.  So I feel like the pacific coast is much better for a short tour for me, compared to heading across the country somewhere.

A rental drop off in Astoria would be cool rather than riding from downtown Portland to Astoria.

The worst may be getting to and from the end points of your tour. 

Yeah, that's my other question I guess.  I haven't looked into how safe traveling is by Amtrak.  I live 60miles from the Sacramento Station. The train to Portland leaves at midnight, so can overnight with my bike to Portland.  But don't want to sleep next to someone on the train all night - even with a mask on.

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